Not much to this story . . . yet, but when you have allegations that high school football players are taunting a younger teammate with water bottles filled with urine, that does get our attention. Especially when it’s in the same neck of the woods where the infamous Carmel High School incident from earlier this year. You’d think kids at other schools around there would learn something from this (heck, you’d think their coaches would be out of their minds worrying about it) but apparently not.
Here’s what little we know from WISH-TV (link includes video clip):
Police and school officials are investigating a complaint at Hamilton Southeastern that allegedly happened on the bus after a football loss on Friday. It’s alleged two seniors, stars on the football team, taunted a 15-year-old. We’re told, the incident involved water bottles filled with urine.
24 Hour News 8 was first on this story and first to speak with the alleged victim’s family. Ramon Coleman, the alleged victim’s brother said, “Everybody needs to know what happened on that bus…for them to be at schoo and practicing…no.”
The family speaking is out hoping as they say — ‘it isn’t brushed under the rug’.
Ever wondered why schools should be concerned about a little “horseplay that got out of hand” as hazing is often referred to? We’ll give you 2.5 million reasons.
School districts who don’t have anti-hazing policies (or worse, don’t enforce them) will always be vulnerable to these kinds of lawsuits. Is it always fair? No, but it’s the way of the world these days and if you ignore the hazing that is going on (and believe us, it happens at every school) you do so at great risk. Just as the administration at Carmel High School just outside of Indianapolis.
The family of one of the three accusers in the Carmel hazing case is threatening a two-and-a-quarter-million-dollar lawsuit. Attorneys for the accuser’s family filed a required notice of a potential suit against the school district last month. The district released the three-page document Friday as part of a release of public records in the case.
The notice reveals the family is listing sexual harassment as one potential ground for suing, a claim that would place the case under the federal civil rights law. The document filed by attorney Robert Turner charges the Carmel-Clay Schools have “a lengthy history of sexual abuse and bullying,” and accuses coaches and faculty of providing “no supervision whatsoever” in the school locker room.
A middle page detailing the specific accusations was deleted from the publicly released version of the document. Four basketball players have been indicted on misdemeanor charges of recklessness, with three of the four charged with battery as well. The charges accuse the players of assaulting three students in the room, with two players accused of attacking Turner’s client on a team bus following a game at South Vigo on January 22.
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Yes, four Indiana high school basketball players from Carmel High School outside of Indianapolis were arrested on charges this week, but they were all misdemeanor charges. That angered the parents of one of the victims who said it went way beyond simple team hazing.
In a news conference with the couple, their attorney, Robert Turner, said the boy was physically violated, adding “that’s a little bit more than a simple hazing incident.” Legal experts said that even Turner’s short description of the attack calls into question the filing of misdemeanor counts against four Carmel seniors who were charged earlier this week. Turner, a former Indianapolis Police Department official and city director of public safety, described the attacks as “a physical grabbing, a confinement to the point that he was held down, the removal of clothing and just in general I would just say anal penetration. “I won’t get any further than that, but that’s a little bit more than a simple hazing incident.”
Source – Hamilton County Star
We’ve been following this story since, what March? Now it looks like the worst has happened and four members of the Carmel High School basketball team have been arrested on charges related to a hazing incident earlier this year. Here’s more from the UPI:
Four former Indiana high school basketball players charged with hazing were released on bond Tuesday morning after spending a night in jail. The four teens, who attend Carmel High School in Carmel, north of Indianapolis, turned themselves in Monday afternoon, the Indianapolis Star reported. They face misdemeanor offenses including criminal recklessness and assault. Prosecutors in Hamilton and Hendricks counties, who investigated incidents in the locker room and on a team bus, have revealed no details about what the four allegedly did.
The police investigation into allegations that several members of the boy’s basketball team did some inappropriate things on a team bus in January is apparently over. And, according to at least one source, as a result of that investigation there will be changes at Carmel High. Here’s my favorite quote from Bob Cook at True/Slant:
Carmel Clay Schools board president Jeff Carter says after the police investigation of the incidents is over, new policies will be put in place to encourage “more active oversight.” He doesn’t explain what that means, but it might be something like, “Coaches, get off your asses and see what’s going on in the back of the bus.”